Bullying and Hazing in College Sports

Abuse spotlighted after NJ High School Cancels Football Season

Beginning at the high school level and continuing to the professional leagues, countless teams have found themselves in the middle of a hazing scandal.

The most recent occurrence of hazing in athletics has taken place in Sayreville, N.J., where the high school football team has allegedly bullied the squad’s freshman, hazing them through acts of sexual assault. The team’s entire fall season has been cancelled and there’s a possibility the players involved could see prison time, according to the Star Ledger.

Bullying and Hazing is a burden that will continuously weigh on athletics. Why does it occur? What are the intentions behind it?

The above video was produced by Montclair State broadcasting student Jenna Bussiere. Created after the 2013 Miami Dolphins bullying case including Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, it attempts to answer these questions by digging into bullying and hazing at the college level.

As instances such as these continue to happen, and continue to get worse, what can we do to prevent bulling and hazing in athletics?


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Jenna Bussiere

Senior at Montclair State University, studying Broadcasting and Communication. Member of the Montclair Women's Lacrosse team.